Working Groups and Committees
H-ISAC is a community of peers in the health sector. One of the important ways in which this community comes together to lead and drive solutions for the industry is through committees and working groups.
We hope you will join, participate, and help lead the healthcare sector.
Joint Working Groups
H-ISAC Working Groups are created by the members, for the members. The working groups leverage the H-ISAC health community to address specific problems in various topics. Working groups serve as discussion forums and create products such as re-usable templates, policies, best practices, etc. Any member is welcome to join any working group. If you are an H-ISAC Member and you are interested in joining or starting a working group, please contact membership.
Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Working Group
The purpose of this committee is to develop a mechanism whereby members can share ideas and tangible assets that can be leveraged to support the cybersecurity education and awareness programs of our H-ISAC member community.
Information Protection Working Group
IT M&A Integration and Divestitures Working Group
This group’s goal is to provide an opportunity to gain insight, perspective, and knowledge sharing with M&A IT experts across the life sciences industry including opportunities for consistent terminology, mature processes, and value proposition of IT M&A structure. This is a closed group until 2020.
IS Incident Response Working Group
This group will share experiences, tactics, wins, and challenges to evolve our collective incident response capabilities and develop robust, sustainable programs in order to minimize damage from incidents and improve information security practices in our industry. Goals include producing a white paper in 2018, sharing best practices across incident detection, response, and analysis disciplines; exploring opportunities of sharing cyber war game and test incident response scenarios; as well as improving efficiency and effectiveness of detect and respond operations by producing measurable, usable outcomes from this working group that members and future members can consume to leapfrog their incident response practices.
IS Risk Management Working Group
The focus of this group will be to share experiences, tactics, wins, and challenges to evolve our collective capabilities and enable the focus of our organizations. Goals include: Share best practices across risk management methods, services, and outcomes; Reduce the impact of threats from adversaries by better understanding the risks that can or will affect us (protecting information and reputation of the sector); Improve efficiency and effectiveness of security risk management operations; Explore opportunities of opportunities of sharing risk tactics or actually risks so that we can build a collective risk/threat landscape; Learn from each other’s accomplishments and challenges; Surface innovative ways to progress the risk management discipline; Define collective best practices for our ISAC; Build partnerships in industry; and Produce measurable, usable outcomes from this working group that members and future members can consume to leapfrog their IS risk management practices.
Payer Special Interest Working Group
The purpose of the Payer Special Interest Council is to connect large and small insurance carriers to collaborate and share risk-based cybersecurity and anti-fraud strategies while reducing control impact to the business. We will discuss control frameworks, vendor tools, templates, and other non-proprietary information that can help combat and prevent cyber and fraud risks. Goals include: Development of resources on cybersecurity approaches and best practices/awareness training, Share/exchange tactics and broad strategies that make material differences in the involved payer organizations and Assist with supporting smaller payer organizations. Focus areas include: Differentiating and addressing Payer vs. Provider cyber/fraud risk, Risk-based strategic and tactical safeguards/frameworks/programs, Control implementation and impacts to the business, Anti-Fraud mitigation strategies – Special Investigation Units (SIU), Tools and vendor feedback, Regulatory items (HIPAA, PCI, etc.) and Current threats/vulnerabilities.
Pharma and Supply Chain Working Group
This group is finding innovative ways to detect cyber security risks to the delivery of medical care supplies and lower the risk to the organization that may be vulnerable to attacks by former employees, contractors, or potential hackers who look to compromise critical systems and steal health records. The group shares ideas, cyber threat information and will generate resources to address the sharing of indicators of compromise (IOC) or indicators of attack (IOA) as well as information about the threat actors that could negatively affect technology within the pharma and supply community. Goals include: Establish (or adopt) a minimum standard for sharing of cyber security threat information within our vertical of healthcare, Assist with supporting the smaller pharma and supply organizations with shared knowledge, Increase the type of information sharing methods for cyber threat information sharing, Develop easier ways to share the threat intelligence we collective gather, and Assist with training and threat intelligence sharing campaigns.
Policy and Governance Working Group
Information security policies must be established for the workforce to understand how they are expected to behave with regard to information security, as well as to set forth security requirements for building, operating, and retiring computing assets, in order to reduce risk to the organization. While information security policies and controls are fairly common, they can be also enhanced by using effective governance practices. Our healthcare industry has an opportunity to collectively enhance our value and efforts by sharing best practices and challenges, learning together, and making resources available to other members. The purpose of this group is to share information security policy and governance experiences, tactics, wins, and challenges to evolve our collective capabilities and enable the focus of our organizations.
Provider Special Interest Working Group
The purpose of this work group is to find innovative ways to improve cybersecurity while not impeding patient care to lower the risk to the organization that may be vulnerable to attacks by the former employees, contractors, or potential hackers who look to compromise critical systems and steal health records. The goals of the Provider Working Group are to share ideas and best practices to address the new technology within the provider community. Focus areas include: Establish (or adopt) a minimum standard for cybersecurity, Establish standards for telehealth technology, Assist with supporting the smaller provider organizations, Increase the share of methods for cybersecurity and data protection, Develop patient/employee friendly cybersecurity approaches, and Assist with training and awareness campaigns.
Software Security Working Group
This group’s mission is to advance the security of software applications and systems in the Health Sector by advocating the integration of security processes, guidance, tools and governance into the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This advocacy will be the direct result of crowd-sourcing expertise from across the member community and providing it back to the community as consumable products. The working group will focus not only on raising awareness of common, current issues but also future, next generation issues and practices.
Third Party Risk Governance (TPRG) Working Group
This working group aims to evolve our collective capabilities and enable the focus of our organizations in implementing a best – in – class third party risk management program by following these objectives:
Share and learn best practices to mitigate risks posed by third parties
Improve efficiency and effectiveness of third party risk management operating components
Enhance understanding of a third party’s information security program maturity through shared experiences
Explore opportunities of sharing risk tactics or risk areas so that we can build a collective risk/threat landscape
Joint Working Groups
H-ISAC Joint Working Groups serve the same function as its Working Groups; however, Joint Working Groups leverage non-member participation as well in order to accomplish their objectives.
Cybersecurity Analytics Working Group
The mission of this working group is to establish formal public/private collaboration comprised of healthcare industry information security leaders committed to the development of advanced threat detection methods. This effort represents a crowdsourced approach to cybersecurity analytics within the healthcare industry, providing improved security at a lower cost. This group is working to establish a strategic approach to analytics development and sharing in order to promote open collaboration among the healthcare community. Leveraging MITRE’s Adversary Tactics, Techniques & Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) framework, each member organization conducts independent research on specific cybersecurity threat tactics. The group meets regularly to share research results, refine the common analytic sharing model, and promote continuous improvement by the member community.
H-ISAC Committees support official programs of the H-ISAC. The Committees help serve a governance function and bring member input into the shaping of H-ISAC products and services. Since Committees serve a specific program function, membership to committees is not open membership. Any member that is interested in serving on a Committee may contact Membership to find out whether the Committee has an opening and the process for applying.
Threat Intelligence Committee
The Threat Intelligence Committee (TIC) is responsible for looking at the cyber threat landscape for the health and public health (HPH) sector and developing strategic direction for the ISAC community to anticipate and prepare for threats. The TIC helps facilitate the planning, coordination, collection, trending, processing and analysis, production of white papers and other materials and dissemination of primarily cyber threat intelligence for the HPH sector through engagement with internal and external stakeholders. The H-ISAC Threat Intelligence Committee is a closed working group.
Medical Device Security Information Sharing Council (MDSISC)
The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC) established the Medical Device Security Information Sharing Council (MDSISC) on October 1, 2015. The mission of the MDSISC is to bring together stakeholders in the medical device security arena to develop solutions, identify best practices and facilitate the exchange of information that will result in a more efficient and secure use of medical devices and related practices. Membership is open to medical device manufacturers and stakeholders of the medical device security community that conduct their activities consistent with H-ISAC’s Operating Rules including Non-Disclosure Agreement, health industry regulations and best practices, and the highest ethical standards.
Products and Services Committee
The Products and Services Committee is integral to the management of a portfolio of solutions designed to help members maintain an effective defense against cyber and physical threats. The committee ensures member needs are at the forefront during the identification, implementation, and review of new and existing products and services.
The mission of the H-ISAC Membership Committee is to develop and oversee progressive membership criteria that address the evolving landscape and needs of the healthcare ecosystem.